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DogFence UK Dealer Ward Chapman trains Irish Setter

Help Protect UK Dog Owners’ Right to Keep Their Pets Safe

For the past 15 years, DogWatch Dealers Ward and Samantha Chapman of DogFence UK have been helping keep dogs and cats across the United Kingdom and Ireland stay safe from roads and other dangers. Right now, however, they are facing a big challenge.

Last week, the UK Government announced that it is considering a proposal to ban the use of electronic training collars for pets. These radio collars (often mistakenly referred to as ‘electric shock’ collars) are widely used worldwide for pet training and containment. Before a final decision is made, the government will have a 6 week consultation on the subject.  Read post »

Watch a DogWatch Hidden Fence Dealer Train a Deaf Cat

Did you know that DogWatch works for cats, too! Check out this great video from a very happy DogWatch cat customer!

Boo is a 1 year-old deaf male cat from Dallas, TX who loves to play in his backyard. Keeping him in the backyard, however, was a problem. Despite his family’s best efforts to keep him contained, Boo frequently climbed over fences and in trees to explore his neighborhood. This behavior is especially risky for Boo, as he is unable to hear the sounds of cars, wildlife or other potential dangers.

Boo’s family was in need a solution to keep him safe while still giving him the outside access he craved. So they called their local DogWatch Dealer, DFW DogWatch, to learn more about hidden fences for cats. “After long hard deliberation,” Boo’s mom wrote on YouTube, “we decided to install a hidden/radio fence with a correction collar to keep our cat Boo in the yard.”

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2018 DogWatch Dealer Meeting Collage

2018 DogWatch Dealer Meeting Wrap-Up

DogWatch Dealers from across the country and around the world met in sunny Jacksonville, Florida on February 9-11, 2018 for the 24th Annual DogWatch Dealer Meeting. Over 200 Dealers, employees, exhibitors and family members attended the meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and enjoyed great weather, beautiful surroundings and inspiring talks to kick-start a fantastic and productive 2018!

The annual conference features workshops, panels, exhibitors and how-to sessions, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for Dealers to brush up on the latest technology, learn business best practices and hear about new and upcoming DogWatch products and initiatives. The meeting also gives Dealers the chance to catch up with each other and share ways that they are managing their business in order to bring the best pet containment solutions to their communities.

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DogWatch and EMARC logos

The DogWatch/EMARC Partnership

We want to introduce you to some of our valued DogWatch team members. At our headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, DogWatch Inc. employs individuals with disabilities from the the ARC of Eastern Middlesex (EMARC) as part of our DogWatch team. We depend on them for preparing product packages that we ship from our headquarters to our DogWatch Dealers across the country and around the world. Read post »

black labrador retriever and Australian shepherd wearing hidden fence collar playing in yard with white flags in background

Top 6 Hidden Fence Myths Addressed

Hidden fencing (a.k.a. electric dog fencing, invisible fencing, or underground fencing) has been in existence for a long time but has recently become more popular due to the ever increasing fence restrictions and our ability to trust more in technological advancements. There are some people, however, that are still leery due mostly to myths associated with this type of pet containment. We would like to address these myths and help educate the general public about the safety, humanity and convenience of hidden fences.

The six most popular myths associated with hidden fences are 1) the shock is dangerous and inhumane; 2) it doesn’t work on my breed; 3) my dog will never want to come outside again; 4) it will make my dog become aggressive; 5) it is too expensive and 6) store-bought systems work just as well as professionally-installed hidden fences.

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Black Lab with SmartFence Activity and TattleTale Screen

SmartFence WebApp Update: The TattleTale Graph is Here!

Announcing the newest feature of our exclusive SmartFence™ – the TattleTale™ Graph!

The TattleTale lets users know when and how many times their pet has entered the Avoidance Zone. By tracking the frequency and timing of these ‘boundary challenges,’ pet parents can spot potential distractions – like a neighbor’s dog or a school bus – and address them right away.

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Bella and Solo the German Shepherds, SideWalker customers

SideWalker Helps Dog Parent Walk Her Dogs Without Pulling

Walking German Shepherds (and many other dogs) on leash can be a challenge for the average dog owner. That’s why DogWatch created the SideWalker® Leash Trainer, a training collar that gently corrects overly enthusiastic leash pulling and helps dogs (of all shapes and sizes) learn appropriate on-leash behavior.

To see how the SideWalker helped one German Shepherd pet parent gain control of walks with her dogs, we reached out to Lorna, a DogWatch customer from Van Hornesville, New York. Lorna is pet parent to two beautiful German Shepherds, a four year-old female named Bella (left) and a two year-old male named Solo (right). Both dogs were avid leash pullers, especially Solo.

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Service dogs in training - Photo courtesy of America's VetDogs

DogWatch Meets Our Sponsored Service Dog

As we announced earlier this year, DogWatch Inc. is sponsoring a service-dog-in-training with America’s VetDogs. DogWatch’s sponsorship helps to cover a portion of the costs associated with final training for one dog on its way to becoming a working service dog.

Last month, the DogWatch Corporate team had the truly inspirational opportunity to witness the graduation ceremony for “our” dog, Reka, and the veteran with whom she was matched.

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Black and white cat with DogWatch Hidden Fence collar

Hidden Fence Training for Cats

DogWatch Hidden Fences aren’t just for dogs! Over the past three decades, DogWatch Dealers have installed Outdoor Hidden Fences and Indoor Boundaries for thousands of cats across the country and around the world. But how do you train a cat to use a hidden or “invisible” fence?

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DogWatch Salutes National Mutt Day!

Happy National Mutt Day! Held twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd, this holiday is all about “embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs,” according to event founder Colleen Paige.

In honor of this fun day, we’ve pulled together a round-up of fabulous mixed breed DogWatch dogs from across the USA! The wide variety of pups we found is a true testament to the unique looks, spirit and personality of mixed breed dogs. Cheers to all our DogWatch mutts, and enjoy your freedom today and every day!

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